Attachment Style, Adult Well-Being and Childhood Trauma.

The effect of child maltreatment on adult attachment styles. Recent finding asserts the need for early intervention (attachment focus trauma therapy) to mediate future difficulties. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2016), in 2014 there were 3.25 million reports of possible abuse to Child Protection Services. Over 20 percent of these referrals were found to constitute maltreatment, reflecting greater than 700,000 children exposed to significant childhood adversity. Neglect was present in three-quarters of these cases, and physical abuse in 17 percent. Child maltreatment may have a persistent negative impact from childhood on, in spite of opportunities for post-traumatic growth. The long-term health impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is described in the landmark study from the Centers for Disease Control and Kaiser.

6 Signs and Symptoms of Psychological Trauma.

As a result of experiencing a traumatic event, whether it occurs once or repeatedly, the psyche can become damaged. This damage, known as psychological trauma, may come to light right away or can take as long as several weeks or years. Psychological trauma can be caused by exposure to such things as violence and abuse, vehicle accidents, natural disasters and war, but Delta Medical Center says that “any event that leaves someone feeling alone and overwhelmed can be considered traumatic.” This is because the details of the event itself are not what determines if it is traumatic, “it is a person’s subjective emotional experience of the event.” Such an experience can affect a person’s cognitive, behavioral, physical and psychological well-being, and may present itself in the form of these six signs and symptoms.

Trauma May Have Fallout Over Generations.

The daughters of women exposed to childhood trauma are at increased risk for serious psychiatric disorders, a new study concludes.